Plumas prepares for 4 more days of stormy weather

Is this the proverbial calm before the storm? It appears to be.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Plumas County that begins at 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 and lasts through 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.

The first portion of the storm, Saturday into Sunday, is expected to be colder with snow levels at 4,000 to 5,500 feet. Chester is expected get over 2.32 inches of precipitation; Quincy is expected to get nearly 3 inches of rain during that time, and Portola nearly 1.5 inches of precipitation. This system brings renewed flood and debris flow concerns, though it’s not as potent as what is to come in the second wave.

The second portion of the storm, Monday and Tuesday, is expected to be stronger and wetter, with higher snow levels. The snow level is expected to begin at 5,000 feet and rise to 6,500 to 8,000 feet Monday afternoon, before falling back down to the 4,500 to 5,000-foot  range. As a comparison, Chester is expected to receive 4.43 inches of precipitation; Quincy is predicted to receive 5.56 inches;  and Portola nearly 3.5 inches of precipitation in the second round.


There is a larger threat of flooding and dangerous mountain travel in the second round and motorists are urged to use caution.

Gusty winds are expected with both rounds of storms and power outages are possible.

All of the sandbag stations remain open (bring your own shovel) and can be found at the following locations:

Quincy area: Feather River College baseball parking lot
Chester/Lake Almanor area: Chester Fire Station
Eastern Plumas County: Portola Fire (north station on Gulling Street)
Indian Valley: Indian Valley Fire Station (located south of Greenville on Hwy 89)